German Delegation visits Regional Office of AWO International

On 2nd December high level officials from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and from the German Embassy in Nepal paid a visit to AWO Regional Office in Kathmandu, Nepal. The delegation showed respect for the relevant works that are implementing in the region and for the impressing results achieved in coordination with the partner organizations in Nepal, India and Bangladesh.

Dr. Wolfram Klein, Department Chief for India and South Asia in BMZ, Mr. Wolfram Köster, Desk Officer for Bangladesh, SAARC, Nepal and Sri Lanka, Ms. Jacqueline Groth, Vice-Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Nepal such as Mr. Dirk Steffes-enn, First Secretary of the German Embassy in Nepal were part of the Delegation. Very recently Government Negotiations between Germany and Nepal as well as between Germany and India took place defining the support for Bilateral Technical as well as Financial Cooperation for the next three years.

During the visit in the Regional Office an overview about the recent portfolio of AWO International in South Asia was presented and discussions took place focusing on the emerging issue of labour migration in the region with all it’s positive as well as negative social and economic implications. The new strategy of AWO International to focus on labour migration as well as trafficking of girls and women was appreciated and respect was articulated for the achieved impacts on livelihood of marginalized communities by promotion of innovative, organic agriculture.

BMZ currently supports 8 projects of AWO International in Nepal, India and Bangladesh in line with its Social Structure Fund. One new project will start on 1st January 2015 in India to address food security and poverty reduction in line with the BMZ special initiative “A World against Hunger”. AWO International is in preparation for 3 new BMZ-financed partnerships in context of Labour Migration and Human Trafficking to be implemented in Nepal and Bangladesh.

The relevance of taking stern actions in context of labour migration and human trafficking (especially but not only in context of women) was also pointed out during the recent Bejing+20 Summit and is also reflected in the Kathmandu Declaration of the 18th SAARC Summit that was held from 26th-27th November 2014 in Nepal, involving the Prime Ministers and other high level Government Representatives from all over South Asia.